"Gotham" has found its Batman and Catwoman. "Touch" alum David Mazouz and newcomer Camren Bicondova have been cast in the iconic roles for Fox's upcoming Commissioner Gordon origin story, set to air next season.
OK, technically, the series has found its young Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle; both actors will play adolescent versions of the characters, so we'll never see them as their costumed alter-egos. But still, who's not going to imagine them with a teeny-tiny Batarang and cat claws?
Wayne and Kyle were two of the last parts left to cast in this highly anticipated prequel. Led by Benjamin McKenzie ("Southland," "The O.C.") as Detective James Gordon and featuring a crew of old and new faces including Donal Logue ("Sons of Anarchy") and Jada Pinkett Smith (the "Matrix" series), the show will explore the world of Batman before he donned the cape.
Mazouz is coming off a two-season run as Kiefer Sutherland's mute but brilliant son on the Fox series "Touch." The intense role, required an immense amount of physical work to convey thoughts and emotions without speech. Sutherland praised his co-star's work during a 2012 Television Critics Association panel: "In our scenes, he has to be so disconnected from me: doesn't speak, can't be touched, doesn't look at me. But I feel something that radiates off of him. I just do."
The studio had Mazouz in mind from the beginning, reports Deadline, and it's easy to see why. He comes off as cheerful yet focused in interviews, as you can see in this "Touch" promo.
That's precisely what is required for the "serious and soulful" role of a solitary boy orphaned at a young age. Wayne's butler Alfred (to be played by Sean Pertwee) and Gordon will act as a surrogate family, but the whole Batman mythos is built on those years where he stewed quietly in the pain of witnessing his parents' murder.
Newcomer Camren Bicondova plays another orphan, but one lacking the resources of a billionaire and forced into a life of crime. "Suspicious and unpredictable," Selina Kyle is "dangerous when cornered."
Not much is known about the dancer, beyond a small role in the 2012 dance film "Battlefield America." Her dance crew, 8 Flavahz, was a runner-up on MTV's "America's Best Dance Crew," and her YouTube channel has a number of videos that show off her dance moves.
That includes this one, released last month, in which she dances to the Pharrell Williams song “Happy” while wearing cat ears. Premonition, or just the power of positive thinking? She hashtagged the video with "#DontBeACOPYCAT #JustBeACAT."
We say premonition.
Some already had their eye on Mazouz as a possible Wayne as anticipation for this casting announcement grew:
Fun Fact: We recommended David Mazouz in our 5 Actors Who Could Play a Young Bruce Wayne on ‘Gotham’ post weeks back. http://t.co/f9orQ57ClA— Screen Rant (@screenrant) March 4, 2014
And most seem onboard with the casting:
David Mazouz was pretty outstanding as Jake in Fox's "Touch"... He'll play a perfect young Bruce Wayne in #GOTHAM— Brian Duff (@DuffBrian) March 4, 2014
@terrordrome David Mazouz is an insanely talented kid. Between this and Donal Logue as Bullock, I'm really looking forward to the series.— Caped Crusader (@Caped_Crusader) March 4, 2014
Touch's David Mazouz is young Bruce Wayne in 'Gotham'- a fantastic young actor. I'm finally a small bit excited for this show! #Gotham— Lucien (@mr_lucien) March 4, 2014
Though some worry that the show will focus too much on the youngsters rather than the adults:
@pluckyyounglady I just don't understand what entertainment value a mopey 12-year-old orphan who doesn't have powers yet can possibly have.— Sonja (@infiniterain) March 4, 2014
And naturally, there are the tongue-in-cheek (we hope) slams of Mazouz:
@BATMANONFILM What?? David Mazouz isn't buff enough to play Bruce Wayne!— Joey Derryberry (@Azbat7) March 4, 2014
In Fox's "Gotham," Bruce Wayne will be played by David Mazouz, whose name already sounds Travoltified. (...says man called Ali Arikan)— Ali Arikan (@aliarikan) March 4, 2014
Bicondova's following is much smaller, but she appears to have a close connection with her fans:
@camrenbicondova Selina Kyle - congratulations! Can't wait to see how the show plays out :-)— Tom Casey (@WeeTom86) March 4, 2014
Surprisingly, there has been little backlash about casting someone without any real on-camera acting experience:
.@camrenbicondova didn't know you were also an actress! Congrats on the role!— LZ (@MarvelBoyy) March 4, 2014
Unless you count the tongues-in-cheek responses:
Camren Bicondova was cast as a young Catwoman in Gotham. I gues I'll say it: she looks nothing like Halle Berry. http://t.co/8el5D5TqhY— Søren Hough (@agamebag) March 4, 2014